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BBC Charter review

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Alun Davies, Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language
Ministers from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have united in a pledge to ensure the interests of all three devolved administrations are central to the future of the BBC.
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The BBC’s Royal Charter is due to expire at the end of 2016.

A recent consultation was undertaken by Gov.UK (external link) and was broken down by the following criteria:

  1. The BBC’s mission, purpose and values
  2. What the BBC does in terms of its scale and scope
  3. BBC funding
  4. BBC governance and regulation.

Our involvement

Welsh Ministers and officials have been working closely with UK Government to make sure that we as a government are fully involved. In our response, we took the opportunity to set out some of our observations on a number of the key issues in this consultation document from a Welsh perspective.

We focused on:

  • the services which the BBC, as the leading Public Service Broadcaster in the UK, should be delivering for Wales
  • the need for it to be properly mandated and resourced to deliver them, and
  • the need to strengthen arrangements for accountability to, and scrutiny by, the nations and regions, including Wales.

We think that it is crucial that the new Charter fully reflects the interests of the people of Wales. Our nation has a unique culture and language and its nature and history are distinct within the UK These should be safeguarded and celebrated and reflected by the BBC in it’s output in future.

There is also significant concern about the challenges facing BBC Cymru Wales and S4C due to funding pressures.

This was also reflected in a Plenary debate on broadcasting in the National Assembly for Wales in September 2015 (external link) and Plaid Cymru Debate: S4C 09 December 2015 (external link).